The Eland is a South African light armoured car based on the Panhard AML. Its permanent 4×4 drive gives it its
mobility, and it can carry either a 90 mm quick firing low pressure gun, or a 60 mm breech loading mortar as
main weapons. Night vision equipment provides effective night time operations, and it is provided with a
modern telecommunications system.
Configuration 4 x 4
Engine 4 cylinder petrol (2.5l)
Dimensions 5.2 x 2.01 x 2.2m
Fuel capacity 156l
Turning radius 6m
Max speed 85km/h (on road)
Range 450km (on road)
Vertical obstacle 0.3m
Armament 90mm GT2 semi- automatic F1 gun
South Africa signed a contract with the French company Panhard for AML armoured cars. 100 were delivered
from France and local production started in 1962 for 500 units. Later further production was undertaken – bringing
the total number of locally produced vehicles to 1300. The Eland Mk7 is derived from the Panhard AML 60-7
armoured car and has been extensively modified (e.g. diesel conversion) by Reumech OMC for use in the
harsh African environment. Some were exported to Lesotho, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The South African
Army has replaced the Eland with the Rooikat AFV.
Elands were used extensively by the SADF during the Angolan Civil War, and were known to crews as “Noddy Cars”.
They were effective against light armored vehicles and older tanks such as the T-34/85 that were used by the Cubans
and the MPLA.
The Eland replaced the Daimler Ferret.